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Episode 187 | Cancer New Moon, Venus Retrograde, and the Nodes Shift Signs!

Episode 187 | Cancer New Moon, Venus Retrograde, and the Nodes Shift Signs!

All hail the last Cancer New Moon opposed Pluto in Capricorn in our lifetimes! In other news: The lunar nodes shift into Aries and Libra; the Sun aspects Neptune and Pluto before entering its brilliant Leo season; Mercury gains inspiration from Jupiter and Uranus; Mars is blocked by Saturn; and Venus turns retrograde through Sep. 3! Plus: Dark shadows, Leo as a national holiday, and the quality of the conversation.

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[1:38] Moon Report!  A spectacular Cancer New Moon (July 17, 11:32 AM PDT) is at 24º56’ Cancer on the Sabian symbol 25 Cancer, Dark shadow or mantle thrown suddenly over the right shoulder.

[2:04] This is the last Cancer New Moon that opposes Pluto in Capricorn in our lifetimes! The Sun’s opposition to Pluto is exact on July 21 (8:52 PM PDT) at 29°07’ Cancer-Capricorn. What kind of responsibility will we take on and how can we finish up old, heavy Pluto in Capricorn business?

[4:13] This important New Moon also trines Neptune in Pisces, planet of healing and forgiveness. The Sun’s exact trine to Neptune is on July 20 (6:06 AM PDT), 27°35’ Cancer-Pisces.

[5:09] This New Moon begins a Lunar Phase Family Cycle that reaches its critical points on April 15, 2024 (First Quarter), Jan. 13, 2025 (Full Moon), and Oct. 13, 2025 (Last Quarter). Themes of self-empowerment and responsibility continue through the New Moon of July 15th, 2026.

[7:23] The North Node enters Aries and the South Node enters Libra (July 17, 1:00 PM PDT) just hours after the New Moon. The Lunar Nodes mark the points where the Earth’s path around the Sun intersects with the Moon’s path around the earth. The nodes travel at the same degree and minute of opposite signs.

[8:06] The Nodal cycle is 18 years, and their natural motion is retrograde. The nodes have been in Taurus/Scorpio since Jan. 18, 2022.

[8:38] The Nodes were last in Libra-Aries (Libra North Node) between Feb. 18, 2014 – Nov. 11, 2015. This time around, they’ll be in these signs (Aries North Node) until Jan. 11, 2025.

[9:18] The work of this nodal transit is to release negative Libra qualities, like codependence, and move in the direction of positive Aries qualities: standing alone, independence, pioneering, moving in new directions.

[10:21] On July 22 (9:37 PM) transiting Pluto squares this nodal axis at 29º06’ Capricorn and Aries, the same degree of the April 30th, 2023 solar eclipse. A jolt around an important relationship can be an encouraging shove toward independence.

[12:37] Void-of-Course (VOC) Moon Periods. On July 17 (8:06 PM PDT), the Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto. It’s VOC for about 1 ½ hours before entering Leo (9:39 PM PDT). Revisit emotional patterns related to safety and control.

[13:26] The Moon in Leo conjuncts Venus on July 20 (7:08 AM PDT). It’s VOC for about three hours before it enters Virgo (10:13 AM PDT). What lights you up inside?

[13:53] On July 22, the Moon in Virgo trines Pluto (9:06 PM PDT). It’s VOC for just under two hours before entering Libra (10:54 PM PDT). Time for Virgo’s conscientiousness to be rewarded by higher-ups.

[15:22] Mars opposes Saturn on July 20 (1:39 PM PDT) at 06º20’ Virgo and Pisces.  Feeling stymied in getting things done? It’s a transit, it will pass. Meanwhile, try to go with the Pisces flow.

[17:31] The Sun enters the sign of its rulership, Leoooooo, on July 22 (6:50 PM PDT).  Over the next month, it square Jupiter and Uranus and conjoins Venus – much fun and excitement! And celebrate your Leo pals!

[20:25] Mercury squares Jupiter on July 17 (5:49 AM PDT) at 11º53’ Leo and Taurus. Mercury is on the Sabian symbol, An evening lawn party. Overconsumption may interfere with the quality of the conversation.

[20:55] Mercury squares Uranus on July 23 (2:39 PM PDT) at 22º32’ Leo and Taurus.  If you can manage to settle down a little bit, one of the ideas that comes to you now could become something really valuable.

[21:54] Venus turns retrograde (Rx) on July 22 (6:33 PM PDT) at 28º36’ Leo. When planets are transiting Rx, go within for guidance in matters related to that planet.  Venus is Rx through Sep. 3; it was last Rx, in Capricorn, Dec. 19, 2021 – Jan. 29, 2022.

[23:32] Venus was last Rx in Leo between July 25-Sep. 6, 2015. Venus has an eight-year Rx cycle, so look back at eight-year intervals to find when Venus was Rx in this same part of the zodiac and in the same area of your chart.

[25:10] Venus is Rx every 18 months for 40 days. Consider checking out April’s webinar for more details concerning Venus retrograde period.

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